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African Drumming Classes in Melbourne

African drumming classes in Melbourne for students of all ages

Mady Keita's African Drumming Academy

Mady Keita’s African Drumming Academy offers a range of drumming classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.  Our classes are suitable for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  

As a student, you will be shown the roots of African Drumming, in classes that teach the traditional techniques and authentic Mande rhythms.

All classes are run by Master Drummer Mady Keita.

Performance by students of Mady Keita's African drumming classes

Benefits of African Djembe Drumming Lessons

  • Drumming is intuitive and accessible to anyone – we all have rhythm!
  • The various repetitions of the steady beat enhances your capacity to listen.
  • Drumming decreases depression, anxiety, stress, preconceived inhibitions and expectations.
  • Refines the use of motor skills and brings people together physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • Drumming together benefits physical health.
  • Stimulates creativity.
  • Boosts morale and creates a sense of being.


African Drumming and Balance

In Mady's home country, Mali, the drums are a daily part of life.  African drumming is a great activity that is well known to reduce stress levels and promote balance and harmony in life. 

After a few lessons, you will come to understand the primary notes or sounds of the drums, which are generally referred to as 'bass''tone' and 'slap' sounds.  The slap has a high, sharp sound and the tone has a more 'round' and full sound.  The bass is the lowest.  The combinations are infinitely varied.  It is a perfect lesson in the balances of day to day power and energy.

Djembe drumming lessons with Mady Keita

Learn by Yourself or With Friends

Aside from group drumming classes, Mady Keita’s African Drumming Academy also offers:

  • Private Tuition on an individual basis or as part of a group at pre-arranged times.
  • Drumming and Music Therapy sessions tailored to the specific needs of each individual, as well as options for community and school groups.
  • Teacher Training in a group setting or one-on-one, available to music teachers at all levels.

All djembe drums, dounoun drums and equipment are provided.  Or if you have your own drum, bring it along.  The only thing you need to bring is comfortable pants made of non-slippery fabric and a willingness to embrace your own rhythm.

A Bit About Mady Keita

Mady has been honing his techniques in African drumming for over 30 years.  He has mastered the techniques incorporated into djembe drum and dounoun drum playing through growing up with the many traditional ceremonies of Mali.

Mady has secured his position as a patient and dedicated teacher with a wealth of knowledge of authentic Mande rhythms.  Mady loves to teach and share with people the knowledge and culture surrounding his style of drumming, and he is always able to provide the insight needed to adapt a skill in drumming.

For Mady, every student is a potential Super Mande Percussionist.

His African drumming classes offer a rewarding and invigorating experience that is, like everything at Super Mande Percussion African Drumming Academy & Performance, very reasonably priced.


Move to Your Own Drum

Customised African djembe drumming classes can be arranged upon request.  Just get in touch by sending a message through the Contact Us page to register your interest or make a booking.